A bright future for automatic doors
The market for automatic door systems has slightly grown in Europe last year. Overall, the increase in turnover and sales amounted to 1.8% in 2016 and was therefore significantly higher than in previous years. This trend will continue in the coming years. According to a study by experts from Interconnection Consulting , by 2019 an average annual growth rate of 3% per year is expected.
Sliding doors are the unchallenged leaders
The largest product group in all analyzed countries are automatic sliding doors, with a market share of 46.8%. The second largest group is folding doors with 31.2%. Over the next few years, these two product groups will generate disproportionate growth and will thus further increase their market shares. Swing doors and telescopic doors are far behind, with a share of 7.3% and 7.0%, respectively.
Great Britain and Poland are stimulating the market
Almost all of the analyzed countries were able to achieve at least minimal growth last year. Only Italy still awaits the long-awaited boom in the construction industry, which should give construction-dependent industries a boost. This will already be the case in 2017. Interconnection expects a hefty plus (+ 4.9%) for Italy for the first time after years of downturn. The growth drivers of the European market last year were Poland and Great Britain. Poland achieved a sales upturn of 4.4% in 2016. A total of 11.414 automatic doors were sold last year, of which 59.4% were sliding doors. Compared to Polish sales, British sales figures were roughly three times higher. The increase was 3.7%. Despite the political and economic uncertainty caused by Brexit, this sector is expected to continue to grow rapidly, says Marianna Svartzova, author of the study. Last year, for the first time in a year of downturn, France was able to regain a slight growth again (+1.2 in value). This moderate growth (between 1.0% and 2.0%) is also expected to continue in the coming years.
Moderate growth for Germany, Austria and Switzerland
With a market volume of 176.5 million Euros, the German market is by far the largest market for door automation. Last year, the German market developed very moderately (+ 1.5%). However, the prospects for the next few years promise higher gains. Austrias market for tourism has stagnated in recent years (2016: sales: + 0.3%). Market consolidation has led to declining average prices in recent years. Next year, the industry is expected to experience significant growth again, Interconnection Consulting experts predict. The market for automatic doors in Switzerland is almost 10% larger than in Austria. Last year, sales increased by 2.7% and the Swiss market for automatic doors will continue to maintain its high growth level in the future. A total of 54.4% of all sales in Switzerland were for sliding doors.
Strong distinction of market concentration
As in many other sectors, there is also a tendency towards ever-increasing market concentration in the sector of automatic doors. In the UK, the shares of the top 10 companies are the lowest (83.4%). The shares of the ten largest companies in the overall market are highest in France (93.2%). The largest companies for automatic doors across Europe are Assa Abloy, Geze, Dormakaba, Record and Gilgen.